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Entering Project Pitch Phase 2.

Richard Herbage, group head of logistics and supply chain at Premier Foods, Britain's biggest food producer, has overseen enormous changes at the company's largest distribution facility at Lynn Road in Wisbech.

Project Pitch Phase 2 was the construction and fit out of a 20,000 pallet extension to the existing 45,000 pallet capacity warehouse.

The project began in January 2007 and the first stock was transferred into store at the end of July 2007, three weeks ahead of a very challenging schedule and on budget. The full handover to the operations team took pace in November last year.

A programme of refurbishment to the existing warehouse, with new lighting, redesigned pick face layouts, new traffic and pedestrian routes and gravity racking all add to improving the working environment and maximise throughput at the site.

The new warehouse in conjunction with a similar extension project completed in 2006 also by WBS provides a 160 per cent increase in the number of pallets (65,000) which can be stored in the facility. Additionally the site is being used as the benchmark in the company for the definition and delivery of the highest possible standards of working practices.

Working with WBS Group, The Supply Chain Mechanics, Premier Foods were keen to: create a centre of best practice for warehousing; optimise service levels and provide a better working environment for staff.

"We have used the project as a catalyst for improving the way we manage our warehousing generally and facilitated by WBS Group we have defined new working practices to enable us to improve our efficiencies, and allow us to simplify the process, cut out waste and improve resilience of operations", commented Richard Herbage for Premier.

Joe Turnbuli, MD for WBS Group said "our background in management consulting and our understanding of operational performance and people requirements have guided the way we have managed these projects. Introducing sound project management techniques and experienced Project Managers we engaged the onsite Operations Team to ensure everybody was working to the same goal"

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Title Annotation:MISCELLANIA
Publication:Food Trade Review
Date:Feb 1, 2008
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